Northland DHB Cardiology
What is Cardiology?
Cardiology is the specialty within medicine that looks at the heart and blood vessels. Your heart consists of four chambers, which are responsible for pumping blood to your lungs and then the rest of your body. The study of the heart includes the heart muscle (the myocardium), the valves within the heart between the chambers, the blood vessels that supply blood (and hence oxygen and nutrients) to the heart muscle, and the electrical system of the heart which is what controls the heart rate.
Your GP will refer you to one of our clinics if they are concerned about your heart and want a specialist opinion. The referral is prioritised depending on urgency with waiting times of 2 weeks to 4 months.
You may be sent a questionnaire prior to your clinic visit to assist us with making a diagnosis and determining if any tests need to be done prior to you seeing a specialist.
Procedures / Treatments / Common Conditions
An ECG is a recording of your heart's electrical activity.… More
An ECG done when you are resting may be normal even when you have cardiovascular disease. During an exercise ECG the heart is made to work harder so that, if there is any narrowing of the blood vessels resulting in poor blood supply, it is more likely to be picked… More
You are likely to have blood tests done before coming to clinic to check your cholesterol level and looking for evidence of diabetes. These blood tests no longer require you to be fasting and can be done at any time of the day. More
Echocardiography is also referred to as cardiac ultrasound and is performed by a specially trained technician.… More
This test is performed to accurately define the anatomy of the blood vessels supplying your heart muscle with its oxygen.… More
This refers to narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle.… More
Heart failure refers to the heart failing to pump efficiently. There are many conditions that cause this including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, viral infections, alcohol, rhythm abnormalities and diseases affecting the valves of the heart or the heart muscle itself. When the heart pumps inefficiently a number of symptoms… More
Your heart rate is controlled by a complex electrical system within the heart muscle which drives it to go faster when you exert yourself and slower when you rest. A number of conditions can affect the heart rate or rhythm. Heart rate simply refers to how fast your heart is… More
Your heart consists of 4 chambers that receive and send blood to the lungs and body. … More
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This page was last updated at 1:57PM on October 19, 2016. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Cardiology.